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The History of our Holiday Cottages

To celebrate the launch of our new holiday cottage, Fogga, we’ve delved into the Coniston archives to find out more about the history of our beautiful cottages.

We now have three holiday cottages on the Estate – The Thack, Lowlands and Fogga, which will open on 22 October 2018.

The Thack

The Thack is located in the middle of the Estate and served as a farmhouse for Airebridge Farm at the point that the Bannister family bought the Estate in 1969. The stunning Dales farmhouse has been lived in by two of the Bannister brothers; Richard Bannister, the owner of Boundary Mills Stores, lived at The Thack, followed by Tom Bannister, who was General Manager of the Hotel from opening in 1998 up until his death in 2013. The Thack was the first property that was converted into a holiday cottage and opened in December 2017.


Lowlands is located in Coniston Cold village, just a short drive from the hotel. According to the archives, Lowlands was a farmhouse for hundreds of years for Lowlands Farm, which was farmed by the Clough family. Upon purchasing the Estate, the Bannister’s kept Lowlands as a farmhouse and again was lived in by Tom Bannister. Lowlands was converted into a holiday cottage in June 2018 after the success of The Thack.


Finally, Fogga – the newest edition to the Coniston holiday cottages – is located directly adjacent to the hotel entrance and is part of Fogga Farm. The farmhouse and adjacent barns were part of the original Coniston Hall Estate and was sold by Michael Bannister in part to fund the development of the Hotel in the late 1990’s. The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa bought Fogga Farm back earlier this year and the farmhouse has been developed into the newest holiday cottage addition.

If you would like to find out more information about our holiday cottages or discuss booking your next short break, please call our team on 01756 748 080.